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Last House on Dead End Street
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by Rob Gonsalves

"The original 'torture porn.'"
4 stars

Well, here's a toxic little item.

A sleazy criminal and pornographer (writer-director Roger Watkins) and his group of Manson Family-type followers kidnap some acquaintances to serve as the subjects of a conceptual snuff film. Doesn't sound like such great shakes, but this movie has gained substantial notoriety for a reason, mainly the intensity of its tone and the simplicity of its goal (to appall you).

I hesitate to rank it with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left (one of the movie's later distributors slapped the "Last House" title on it; Watkins' preferred title was The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell), and I really wouldn't, but it has some of the same grimy atmosphere the sweat and stink of a bunch of crazy people making balls-out horror for no money. Watkins has said he was flying on crystal meth during much of the shooting, and it shows.

For years, fans had to make do with cut versions or ninth-generation bootlegs; Barrel Entertainment's DVD (now out of print) restores the infamous disembowelling scene and the bit where a man is forced to fellate a deer hoof (um, yeah), and though the package claims that the transfer has "optimal image quality," it still looks scratchy and crappy. Which is sort of how a movie like this should look.

You probably needed to see this at the right place and time to consider it any kind of masterwork (it has its devout fans), but it has a grubby integrity. It was finished in 1973 but didn't get much of any exposure until the late '70s, when it started making the film-festival rounds and building word of mouth. Watkins, who had an intriguing screen presence and came across on the DVD extras as a smart and caustically amusing fellow, died on March 6, 2007.

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4/18/04 Father Merrin Took me ages to track this down & I wish I hadnt bothered! VERY boring & stupid film. Avoid 1 stars
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